ESCXTRA.com are live for day 7 of rehearsals ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 taking place at the Pala Olimpico in Turin, Italy!
We continue with the final eleven countries rehearsing from the second semi final. The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Australia, Cyprus, Ireland, North Macedonia, Estonia, Romania, Poland, Montenegro, Belgium, Sweden and Czech Republic.
The latest artist to rehearse is Stefan from Estonia with the song “Hope”
Follow every rehearsal live
Below, you’ll see our written review of each rehearsal. If you want more, you can follow our live stream where our team will be reacting live to every single rehearsal as it happens! Furthermore, read our handy guide for a more detailed look at this contest’s rehearsal schedule.
The performance begins with a sepia filter and Western effect on the camera for the first verse, and it really fits the start for what this song needs. The stage is lit in gold too, with Stefan starting on the B stage for this performance. When we reach the chorus the filter is removed with the colours changing to blues. The screens behind showcase typically Western-inspired desert scenery, very similar to the music video.
Stefan runs back on stage during the second verse and stands centre stage for the next chorus and middle eight, before literally jumping over the waterfall surrounding the stage and finishing his final chorus on the B-stage again. The camerawork for this has nice ideas but does still need tweaking slightly, although it’s still a strong performance.
Costumes and styling
Stefan is dressed in a cream jacket and trousers, although this isn’t easy to distinguish when the sepia filter is used. He performs with his guitar to begin with, and then discards it on his back in a very similar way to the performance in the national final.
Stefan’s vocals are strong and he performs confidently and consistently with ease throughout each run of this rehearsal.
Stefan himself delivers the song well and engages with the viewer at every opportunity. He also makes use of the entire stage, including a jump over the waterfall which he manages impeccably. The camerawork is still a touch out of place at times, but some of the wide shots may make much more sense with a full arena in the live shows.
Watch the rehearsal
Stay tuned for our reviews for the rest of today’s rehearsals at the Pala Olimpico. If you want to know what to expect from the rest of the day, check out our rehearsal schedule. Meanwhile, remember to tune in to our live stream for instant reactions to every rehearsal!